Environment and Energy

The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable energy services. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at the global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects.

Our Goals

UNDP strengthens national capacity to manage the environment in a sustainable manner to advance poverty reduction efforts. Through our country teams in 135 developing countries, we help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, establish effective partnerships, secure resources, and implement programmes to support sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways.

Facts & Figures

After UNDP-sponsored micro-hydropower reached villages in Nepal, almost 20,000 adults were able to participate in more than 250 literacy classes. Others have opened new businesses. Areas with electricity have progressed faster towards the MDGs.

Our Stories

  • UNDP in Iran

    Reviving Iran's drylands
    UNDP in Iran

    •The project helped more than 30 communities living in semi‐arid areas improve their livelihoods and combat desertification. More

Projects and Initiatives


Russia: Better conservation for the environment and the economy

The Kamchatka peninsula , far east of Russia, is home to steaming geysers, simmering volcanoes, snow-capped mountains and a wide variety of plants and animals. The rare Steller’s sea eagle soars through its skies, while the only population of sea otters in the Western Pacific finds shelter along its more


Rural Energy Development Programme in Nepal

The rural population in Nepal is highly dependent on traditional bio fuel for heating and cooking. This form of energy however, is a threat to the environment and the health of the population. Supported by UNDP, the Rural Energy Development Programme is seeking to promote renewable energy sources by more


Belarus: A new approach to managing resources

Dry soil, scarce vegetation, deafening silence interrupted only by the howling wind – Belarus’ Bartenikha fen mire was devastated by decades of poorly managed peat extraction. Recently, however, native plants and wildlife have begun to return to the area. Efforts by UNDP and partners to help rehydr more


Turkey: moving towards climate-friendly development

Ten years ago, only a dozen Turkish Government officials worked on climate change issues. Today, over 300 officials work in the field, and national policies exist to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This transformation is part of broad efforts by UNDP to increase awareness of climate change iss more

In Focus
Breaking Down the Silos: Integrating Environmental Sustainability in the Post-2015 Agenda

This report captures the key messages from the post-2015 global thematic consultation on environmental sustainability.  At the forefront of the discussions was the need for the post-2015 agenda to be based on principles related to integrated approaches to development, equality, human rights and resilience in order to fully embed environmental sustainability.  

Towards Transformational Change: UNDP's work in environment and sustainable development 2008-2012

This collection of stories demonstrates how UNDP’s work is leading to transformational change – change that is bringing about real improvements in people’s lives.

Sustainable Energy for All

This initiative, launched by the United Nations Secretary-General and guided by his High Level Group, brings all key actors to the table to make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.

UNDP's work on Sustainable Energy